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Your love story, documented in visual poetry

all you have to do on your wedding day is have fun with the people you love! Because when you work with me you know ALL THE BIG AND LITTLE MOMENTS are being DOCUMENTED BEAUTIFULLY, BOLDLY AND CREATIVELY.

Don’t get stuck with awkward, unflattering wedding photos you hate when you could have storytelling WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHS THAT ARE FULL OF AUTHENTIC CONNECTION AND REAL EMOTION.

your love story deserves it. 

 

Hi, I'm Kara! A wedding photographer and filmmaker based near Roanoke, Virginia. I primarily serve southwestern and central Virginia, including Roanoke, Staunton, Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, Lexington, Lynchburg, the Shenandoah Valley and Shenandoah National Park. 

Planning a wedding can be stressful

But choosing a photographer doesn't have to be.

Let my couples tell you

What's it like to have me as your Central Virginia wedding photographer?

Haley

We’ll always be able to look back and remember how we felt in those moments, something that is truly invaluable.

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(WEDDING, 2020)

Brittany

Kara made my wedding day happen! Everything from finding the location, helping me find a florist, and pick out an airbnb. If it wasn't for her the day wouldn't have happened so easily. Through the entire process Kara hung in there every time I changed my mind (67 times to be exact, including my wedding date!) and handled all of it so kindly. She builds a quick relationship with you and brings out the most real emotion in the pictures.

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(ELOPEMENT, 2019)

Katelyn

Kara shot our wedding and put together the most beautiful wedding videos that we will cherish forever! Her adventurous personality shined through all of her creative ideas. Kara was a joy to work with and I’ll never forget our wedding day splashing in the creek thanks to her!

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(ELOPEMENT, 2019)

Haley

We’ll always be able to look back and remember how we felt in those moments, something that is truly invaluable.

ON THE BLOG

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(WEDDING, 2020)

Elisa

Kara is from the area and knows it like the back of her hand. She knew the exact spot we were getting married, where the sun will be at what time, what we needed to bring and keep in mind…I suggest getting as much time with her as you can. Between the detailed shots, family, individual shots... there is just so much to capture…If we could do it again we would do it just the same.

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(ELOPEMENT, 2020)

Annie

Kara’s presence throughout the day was calming, supportive and fun! Kara will capture the raw emotions of your wedding while leaving space for you to soak in every sweet moment with your person. Afterwards, a family member asked if some of our photos were posed or prompted (us crying together during vows)… nope! Kara has such a special talent and unique eye for capturing these memories so beautifully.

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(ELOPEMENT, 2020)

Brittany

Kara made my wedding day happen! Everything from finding the location, helping me find a florist, and pick out an airbnb. If it wasn't for her the day wouldn't have happened so easily. Through the entire process Kara hung in there every time I changed my mind (67 times to be exact, including my wedding date!) and handled all of it so kindly. She builds a quick relationship with you and brings out the most real emotion in the pictures.

ON THE BLOG

SEE THEIR STORY

(ELOPEMENT, 2019)

Katelyn

Kara shot our wedding and put together the most beautiful wedding videos that we will cherish forever! Her adventurous personality shined through all of her creative ideas. Kara was a joy to work with and I’ll never forget our wedding day splashing in the creek thanks to her!

ON THE BLOG

SEE THEIR STORY

(ELOPEMENT, 2019)

Finding a photographer for your big day is a big deal.  You want someone you like and trust whose work you absolutely love. 

Someone who will capture both the in-between storytelling moments as well as the epic portraits. 

That's exactly what I do! I'm not only your photographer but your friend, your resource, your confidant who helps you stay calm, be present and whips out a few dance moves at the end of the night. 

We will probably get along if you love dogs, travel, being outside and really good food paired with excellent conversation and a side of dessert, always. 

Hey there! I'm Kara

Photo By Kenzi Flinchum

"By far one of the best decisions we made for our wedding and engagement: working with Kara. Our photos are absolutely incredible and I can’t wait to blow these up and put them in an album/our home. We met her for a sunrise shoot in Shenandoah National park for our engagement photos. These came out better than I ever could have DREAMED! Same with the wedding photos. Absolutely stunning. Kara takes her time to listen to your needs and wants, edits the photos beautifully and has a real expertise. If you are looking for a wedding or elopement photographer, look no further. I could rave on! Worth every penny."

"Kara was such a pleasure to work with for our recent intimate wedding in October. She put us at ease from our first conversation and quickly made us feel comfortable in front of the camera. Her candid pictures captured our day so perfectly and her encouragement to take some pictures in the rain, made for some of the best shots of the whole wedding. Kara was professional, responsive, and accommodating through our whole process. We are so incredibly glad we picked Kara and can't recommend her enough."

"Being a hobbyist photographer, I can be picky, but Kara gets it- the details, the angles, the lightning, but most important of all, the emotion. She was able to capture all the important shots and more. We can’t help but relive the memories of our wedding day, and we’re so happy we have beautiful photos that we can cherish for many years to come!

Working with Kara was one of the BEST decisions we ever made! She was so refreshing to work with and made us feel comfortable during the whole process, Kara- thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts!! We are so grateful for you and can’t thank you enough for making our wedding day a reality!"

Shenandoah National Park

Adventure Elopements & Engagement Photography

Shenandoah National park Elopement Guide

Shenandoah National Park Engagement Photos

We had the best experience when we hired Kara to shoot our elopement photos in Shenandoah over the summer. With just a few weeks to plan, Kara listened to my ideas, made incredible suggestions, and helped us settle on the perfect itinerary for our big day. My husband and I were both a little worried that working with a photographer would feel awkward, but Kara quickly put us at ease and was a complete pleasure to work with. It could not have been more memorable, and we will always have beautiful photos to look back on!

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Frequently Asked Questions

do you offer wedding videos?

I do! I do! I offer both wedding ceremony films and highlight films. Feel free to check out some of my recent work on Vimeo.

What kind of Sessions do you photograph?

My work is broken up pretty evenly between traditional weddings (normally held in Charlottesville or Southwestern Virginia), adventure elopements and micro/intimate weddings. I also do a lot of adventure portrait sessions in Shenandoah National Park or on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Do you work with a second shooter?

Sometimes! Small weddings I typically shoot solo. Big weddings I typically have a second shooter

Do you travel for weddings?

All travel fees are included(!!!) within a three hour drive of Roanoke. That means if you are planning a wedding in Charlottesville or anywhere in the Shenandoah Valley or Shenandoah National Park or Boone, NC or the New River Gorge National Park, there are absolutely no travel fees for your wedding. I don't currently take on weddings outside of that radius.

What makes you different?

- I can seamlessly switch between photo and video when capturing your day
- I'm *really* good at helping people feel comfortable in front of the camera quickly
- I'm equally happy getting up at 3am and hiking up to a summit to watch you exchange your vows at sunrise as I am capturing an epic hopping reception at a local vineyard.
- Your gallery is *never* stiff, but WILL include a perfect mix of timeless, editorial-style portraits and natural, candid moments

Can we book you only for an hour or two?

Let me explain why not: your wedding deserves SO MUCH MORE than just an hour or two of coverage. This is a momentous event in your life. It deserves more documentation, more lasting photographic memories, than a quick one-off. 

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